Aldous Harding's Designer Transports Listeners into the deepest Noir Folk Spaces

Aldous Harding has released her third album, Designer, on 4AD records to high praise and a bit of bewilderment for those new to her noir folk stylings. In Designer, Harding takes a different approach than her sophomoric effort, yet its elusive lyrics escape any sort of close reading leaving listeners both captivated and perhaps confused all at once. The appeal for many appeared a month ago when the video for the track “The Barrel” released wherein one takes a journey of a sort through a David Lynchian dreamscape accompanied with undeniably the best over-sized headgear since Pharrell went through his steal the Arby’s sign and wear it like it’s totally normal phase. As entrancing as the lead single “The Barrel” is, some of the best gems of this record lie in the deeper cuts.